NEW LONDON, Conn. – Mitchell College junior Rocco Devona was named to the Capital One Academic All-District men's at-large team, as announced last week by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Devona, a member of the Mitchell men's tennis team and a business major with a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average, was one of 11 student-athletes selected to the Division III squad for District 2. The teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Devona enjoyed a strong junior season with the Mariners and earned all-conference first team singles honors for the third time in his career. He finished the season with an 11-0 record in singles while playing primarily at the No. 2 spot. He went 9-0 during the regular season and coasted to a pair of victories at the 2012 NECC Men's Tennis Championship en route to being named the tournament's MVP. In three seasons he has posted a career record of 35-1 and is undefeated in conference play at 24-0.
Devona was nearly as good in doubles, posting an 11-1 record for the season. With Rajan Bawa as his playing partner, Devona went 7-0 overall and 5-0 mark in conference play. The duo also earned a pair of wins at the No. 1 spot in the NECC Championship against Becker College and Regis College. Devona picked up all-conference doubles honors for the third time in his career and improved to 37-1 all-time at Mitchell.
Mitchell finished the season with a team record of 12-2 overall and 9-1 in NECC play. The Mariners won the 2012 NECC Men's Tennis Championship by a 7-2 final over Regis College on April 28, cementing their fourth straight NECC title.
This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.